PSAC strongly encourages members to take part in Statistics Canada’s public consultation on gender identity and sexual orientation.
This year, the agency plans to expand its data-gathering to include broader definitions of gender and sexual orientation to reflect a more diverse and representative Canada.
Census data is essential because this information is used to support administration, policy development, planning, and decision-making of governments at all levels. By engaging in Statistics Canada’s public consultation on gender identity and sexual orientation, members can provide feedback on the language used to describe members of LGBTQ2+ communities so that it is more respectful, accurate and reflects the lived experiences of LGBTQ2+ Canadians.
As part of the consultation, individuals and organizations are invited to provide feedback on:
- proposed updates to the standard on gender of person; and
- proposed new standards for sexual orientation and LGBTQ2+ status of person.
Following the consultation, Statistics Canada will include the new measure of gender and sexual orientation as part of their 2021 census questions.
You’re invited to send your feedback directly to Statistics Canada by March 12, 2021. Your participation will remain confidential.